The People on the Frontline of Britain's Housing Emergency

Vicky Spratt


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Tony is facing eviction instead of enjoying retirement; Limarra isn’t ‘homeless enough’ to get help from the council; and for Kelly and her asthmatic son Morgan, another new rented house is a matter of life and death. This is twenty-first century Britain, where millions are trying to build lives in privately rented accommodation, which creates profit for landlords but not safe and stable homes for tenants. In this fierce and moving account, journalist Vicky Spratt traces decades of bad decisions to show how and why the British dream of homeownership and the safety net of social housing has unravelled.

Through the stories of those on the frontline across the country, she illuminates the ways this national emergency is devastating our health, communities and political landscape. But in the light of the Covid-19, there are real, radical steps we can take to give everyone the chance of a good home.

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